Patriots vs. Steelers: 10 Things That Steelers Fans Should Watch for in Week 8

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Patriots vs. Steelers: 10 Things That Steelers Fans Should Watch for in Week 8
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As the New England Patriots travel to Heinz Field for Sunday's contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers, history casts a warm glow on a franchise that has seen so much success at the decade-old venue.

Unfortunately for Steelers fans, this refers to the Patriots, with numerous wins and two AFC championships that came in the Steel City; the only thing cast over Pittsburgh in many of the previous contests has been the shadow of Tom Brady

Steelers fans are a special breed: blue-collar, towel-waving, confident football fanatics whose majority fanbase believes the team will win every Sunday and that no opponent can't be overcome.  Perhaps, the greatest sign of respect for the talents of New England are the voices of those eternal optimists, suddenly hesitant in the wake of this weekend's daunting task:

Beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at all costs. 

With a 6-1 lifetime record against the Steelers, Brady has often made the Black and Gold appear to be "Men of Still."  With gaudy numbers and scary effectiveness, defenders have appeared motionless (or helpless) to stop the all-time great quarterback's attack. 

Nevertheless, this year's Boston bunch sports a lackluster secondary, and some fans are hopeful that exploiting this weakness will allow Pittsburgh to finally overcome a true bane of their existence in the past decade.

Hey, anything is possible...right?

The Pittsburgh Steelers have an opportunity to produce their first truly validating victory of the 2011 season—a win that would actually put them in first place in the AFC through Week 8. 

With a familiar opponents coming to town and evoking the ire of Steelers' fans everywhere, here are 10 things for frothing fans to watch for in between their bytes about Belichick and barking at Brady.

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